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Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: May Read Aloud Lessons and Activities



Calling all 1st Grade Teachers who are ready to TRANSFORM their ELA block!  Rooted in Reading for 1st Grade gives you everything you need to facilitate a love of reading in your classroom.  We’ve got lesson plans, activities, crafts, and printables that focus around a read-aloud story each week.  The teacher READS the book throughout the week and models how to think deeply, ask questions, monitor comprehension, and so much more.  Each week we focus on different comprehension skills and strategies that will take your little learners on a reading journey like never before.  All lesson plans and activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards and TEKS.  This can be used as a stand-alone curriculum OR as a supplemental curriculum.  You can do ALL of what we include or pick and choose the activities that work best for you and your students!  Want to know more? Check out below!

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Books needed for May:
Alligators and Crocodiles by Gail Gibbons
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Corwall
Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
Naughty Mabel by Nathan Lane and Devin Elliot

1st Grade Rooted in Reading Units:
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: Overview
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: August
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: September
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: October
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: November
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: December
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: January
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: February
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: March
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: April
Rooted in Reading 1st Grade: May

**Please Note: The week of Alligators and Crocodiles is formatted differently. There is not grammar. There is a large focus on research instead: Research Printables, True/False, Fact, Opinion, Etc.

What is included in the MAY unit? Look below!
● Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks
● Book Question Cards
● Reading Passages
● Comprehension Assessments

● Comprehension Focuses:
Clarify Word Meaning
Synthesizing Information
Characters and Action
Purpose for Reading

● Comprehension Printables/Interactive Notebooks:
Alligator and Crocodile Venn Diagram Flapbook
Pool Safety Flap-Ups
Life Cycle of a Chicken Graphic Organizer
Cats vs Dog Graphic Organizer
Figuring Out Unknown Words Printable
Unknown Words Writing Page
Using Synonyms and Antonyms to determine unknown words flap-ups
Putting it All Together Printable
Synthesizing Information Writing Page
Synthesizing Flap-Ups
Synthesizing projectable puzzle
Naughty Mabel Author’s Purpose Printable
Author’s Purpose Flap-Ups
Digging Deep: Character Traits Printable
Character Traits: Actions and Dialogue Printable
Character Traits Flap-Ups
Character Trait Passage with Text Evidence

● Nonfiction Readers
Alligators vs Crocodiles
Swimming Pool Safety
Chickens and Some Facts to Brood About
Cats vs Dogs

●  Anchor Charts
Let’s Compare Alligators and Crocodiles
Reptile Research
Jabari Jumps Synthesizing
Swimming Pool Safety
Chicks and Salsa Describe Characters
The Life Cycle of a Chicken
Naughty Mabel: Describe Mabel
Comparing Cats vs Dogs

● Vocabulary (for Jabari Jumps we used Growth Mindset Vocabulary that is displayed throughout the story rather than words from the book)
4-5 Vocabulary Picture Cards for each book
4-5 Vocabulary Writing Prompts
Vocabulary Sentences
Vocabulary Picture/Word Match

● Directed Drawings (with writing pages)
Swimming Alligator
Child Swimming
Chick Hatching

● Crafts (with writing pages)
Alligator/Crocodile with Open Mouth
Jabari jumping in water (or option for students to make themselves)
French Bulldog (main character: Mabel)

●  Phonics Focuses
Each week is a review week of phonics learned throughout the year. Students will review the blends, digraphs, and word families. The preview shows all of the word families and blends that are reviewed in this unit.

● Phonics Activities for each week
Word Family Digital Posters
Blends Digital Posters
Word Family Spin and Color
Word Family Writing Practice
Word Family Fill in the Blank
Word Family Passage
Word Family Assessment

 Research Activities
Research Websites
Alligator Announcement Graphic Organizer for research
Crocodile Craze Graphic Organizer for research
Crocodiles Can/Have/Are Flap-Ups or Flap-Book
True and False Digital Posters
True and False Sentence Cards
Fact and Opinion Digital Posters
Fact and Opinion Sort
American Alligator Paragraph for Fact and Opinion
Research Booklet: Students make an alligator or crocodile research booklet to share information learned throughout their research

●  Grammar:  Possessive Nouns
Possessive Nouns Digital Poster
Possessive Nouns Match
Possessive or Plural Nouns Sort
Possessive Nouns Booklet
Possessive Nouns Sentence Cards
Make Me Possessive Assessment

Grammar: Multiple Meaning Words
Homophone Picture and Word Cards
Homophone Digital Poster
Homophone Work-Mat
Homophone Match
Homophone Zone Sentence Cards
Homophone Flap-Book
Homophone Assessment

● Grammar: Shades of Meaning with Verbs
Synonyms Digital Poster
Shades of Meaning Digital Poster
Shades of Meaning Paint Chip Cards
Synonym Match
Ordering Verbs Based on Shades of Meaning
Verb Flap-Book
Naughty Mabel Flap-Ups with Shades of Meaning
Shades of Meaning Assessment

Ⓠ There is SO much included, how do I fit it all in?
Ⓐ:  Please do NOT feel like you have to do everything we put into the units.  We try to include everything that a teacher might want, but we realize it is A LOT!  We suggest combing through the units, looking at the expectations of your school/district/state, and deciding which activities would be best for your students.  We do NOT recommend printing class sets of everything, hoping to get to it all. Choose the things that you think YOUR students need, that will be most beneficial, and start there!  Several components can be used during stations, for morning work, or even as homework. Others you may choose to just set aside for another time or not use at all! That’s okay! We want this to work for you AND your students!

 Do you have a year overview and planning guide?
Ⓐ:  Yes!  We sure do!  You can find the list of books for the year, the skills we are going to hit, and the standards (Common Core and TEKS) we will cover below!  Please note that as units are created we may switch things up a bit! The TEKS that the units are aligned to are the TEKS that were adopted in 2017 and will be put into place in 2019.  These are NOT aligned with the old TEKS.

Ⓠ What is included in the first grade units
Ⓐ:  Each book unit (so 4 a month) will include:  
⇢Daily Lesson Plans for Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Phonics
⇢Book Question Cards for Classroom Discussion
⇢Comprehension Focus Digital Posters
⇢Comprehension Printables and/or Interactive Notebook Templates
⇢Comprehension Assessment for the Weekly Read Aloud
⇢Reading Passage with Questions
⇢Anchor Chart Templates
⇢Nonfiction Reader
⇢Nonfiction Activities
⇢Vocabulary Picture Cards with Word, Picture, Definition
⇢Vocabulary Writing Prompts or Activities
⇢Vocabulary Printables/Assessments
⇢Craft with Writing Pages
⇢Directed Drawing with Writing Pages
⇢Phonics Focus Digital Posters
⇢Phonics Printables/Activities
⇢Phonics Reading Passage
⇢Grammar Focus Digital Posters
⇢Grammar Printables/Activities

Ⓠ How are these units different from your 2nd and 3rd grade units?
Ⓐ:  We have followed the same format for 1st grade, but we have made it developmentally appropriate for a first grade classroom.  We do not choose read alouds that are on a first grade reading level because the teacher is reading the story to the class, and guiding their discussions, BUT the activities that correlate with the read aloud are first-grade appropriate.  We believe that books read aloud should vary in level so that ALL students benefit from the instruction. Here are some minor differences in the first grade units:
➧Lined Writing Pages
➧Many options for drawing or writing when responding to the text
➧Phonics Included
➧Directed Drawings have simplified steps and a starting page
➧Crafts are easy to cut and assemble
➧Vocabulary Cards have pictures
➧1st Grade appropriate activities, assessments, passages, and more


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